Trump connects Kavanaugh confirmation to midterm elections

Trump connects Kavanaugh confirmation to midterm elections
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President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE was quick to connect Justice Brett Kavanaugh's acrimonious Supreme Court confirmation process to the stakes in the upcoming midterm elections.

Trump made the connection at a campaign-style rally in Topeka, Kan., and celebrated Kavanaugh's confirmation.

“I stand before you today on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution. Just a few hours ago the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court,” he said.

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“In their quest for power, the radical Democrats have turned into an angry mob. You saw that today with the screaming and the shouting … They threw aside every notion of fairness, of justice, of decency and of due process. Nobody’s ever seen anything like it,” Trump said.

Kavanaugh’s nomination took partisanship in the Senate to new heights and his confirmation process was thrown into turmoil after three women went public with sexual misconduct allegations against him from when he was in high school and college.

Kavanaugh testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week and issued a fiery denial of the accusations, suggesting they were a planned “smear” as part of the Democrats’ “revenge on behalf of the Clintons.” 

The president said the Democrats’ alleged involvement was proof Republicans needed to turn out in the midterm elections.

“But each of you will have the chance in just four weeks to render a verdict of the Democrats’ conduct at the ballot box. On Nov. 6 you will have a chance to stop the radical Democrats … by electing a Republican House and a Republican Senate. We will increase our majorities. We need more Republicans. We need more Republicans. Over the past few weeks, every American has now seen the profound stakes in the upcoming elections,” he said. 

“You don’t hand matches to an arsonist, and you don’t hand power to an angry left-wing mob, and that’s what they’ve become. The Democrats have become too extreme and too dangerous to govern. Republicans believe in the rule of law, not the rule of the mob,” Trump added.

The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh by a 50-48 margin, the slimmest for a Supreme Court nominee in over a century. Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy: Senate panel advances controversial public lands nominee | Nevada Democrat introduces bill requiring feds to develop fire management plan | NJ requiring public water systems to replace lead pipes in 10 years Transit funding, broadband holding up infrastructure deal Senate panel advances controversial public lands nominee in tie vote MORE (W.Va.), who finds himself in a tough reelection race, was the only Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.